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stumble on/across/upon something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstumble on/across/upon something phrasal verbFINDto find or discover something by chance and unexpectedly syn come across Researchers have stumbled across a drug that may help patients with Parkinson’s disease. stumble→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
stumble on/across/upon Shame they couldn't have stumbled upon a more dramatic way of doing it.You might stumble across a phrase or image that seems possible, but as a whole this faux scrapbook reeks.You might even stumble upon a theorem or two in your researches.In 1988, he stumbled across an indirect link in the scientific literature between Raynaud's disease and dietary fish oil.But as I search deeper and deeper I stumbled upon endurance.Geologists seem to stumble on some of the really oddball animals, assigning them delightful descriptors.An hour later and our gasping, sweaty bodies stumble across the boulders of the gully's scree fan.At that the discussion again broke down, but somehow they stumbled on to plans for a dance and a party.
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Verb table
stumble
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theystumble
he, she, itstumbles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theystumbled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave stumbled
he, she, ithas stumbled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad stumbled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill stumble
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have stumbled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam stumbling
he, she, itis stumbling
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you, we, theyare stumbling
Past
I, he, she, itwas stumbling
you, we, theywere stumbling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been stumbling
he, she, ithas been stumbling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been stumbling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be stumbling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been stumbling
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